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Epiphany Lanes

Decades ago, bowling lanes were as much a part of Catholic schools and churches as nuns with rulers. But as time has passed, many of these centers of parish and community social life have fallen like pins. Epiphany Lanes, though, is still standing. Tucked in a residential enclave near Jamieson and Arsenal amid new restaurants and old upholstery stores, the lanes are located in the squat brick recreation building adjacent to Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Though some of the chairs look like they were plucked from a classroom, the place has the required amenities — up to and including birthday party packages and cosmic bowling. Unlike a lot of the city's sprawling alleys, Epiphany has only eight lanes. But what they lack in grandeur, they make up for with stuck-in-time prices: Open play costs $1.25 before 6 p.m. and $2.25 after; shoe rental's 75 cents. And the High Score Grill offers a wide selection of cheap food — chicken, burgers, appetizers — and a bar that's stocked by Catholics. That's high praise anywhere.
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